I attended a work conference in Texas last spring and since I was already halfway across the country I decided that I’d might as well just keep heading west and spend some time visiting family and traipsing about the Pacific Northwest.
On August 24, 2014 I was able to spend a few hours trackside around Bear Mountain State Park along the Hudson River in New York State. I’d wanted to check out this area for awhile and it ended up being a decent day. We didn’t hike up the mountain though as we weren’t entirely sure where we could get a good vantage point. Unfortunately, what you see here are pretty much all the photo’s I got as the CF card in my camera got corrupted somehow. Oh well, maybe that experience will give me the kick I need to get a new(er) Nikon. Continue reading
After years of discussion and planning and more discussion and criticism and a bit of arguing and yet more discussion followed by what amounted to only a few months worth of work (spread out over a number of those years) Pan Am’s Connecticut River Line is almost ready for it’s first revenue passenger run in 25 years. The work peaked in July when Norfolk Southern’s camp train and a small army of track workers arrived. Continue reading
My girlfriend and I took a trip up to Maine in mid October and spent a night in Brunswick. Our hotel was just across the street from the Amtrak station and I managed to get a few shots that evening and the next morning. The lighting was pretty low that night (and I forgot to adjust the ISO on my camera) but I made do. It’s pretty up there in the Fall. Next year I might take a bit more time to actually chase the Maine Eastern on it’s run to Rockport. Continue reading
As part of the Northeast/New England RPM Meet in Collinsville, CT there are a number of tours available to participants. This year I went to Palmer, MA for the Mass Central Railroad’s open house. Lighting was a little tough since we was there at high noon on a gorgeous June 1st, but I did my best to get a few shots of the equipment and facility Continue reading
On July 11 I flew to Colorado to spend a few days visiting a friend who lives in Denver. While not strictly a railfan trip, I did manage to spend a day scouting out the eastern side of the Moffat Route. To my surprise I even managed to shoot a few trains.
Tired of being inside while the weather was so beautiful, and a little bummed about not having had much time to be trackside over the summer, a friend and I took a day back in September and drove to the Connecticut shore. We made a stop in Essex to take a look at the steam operation (not really my thing, but the ancient GE diesels on the property were neat) then spent quite a bit of time around Old Saybrook and Old Lyme before working our way back north through Berlin and Windsor Locks.
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any trackside shots. I’ve been getting out though when I can. Here are a few from New England in 2012 and 2013 that I haven’t shared yet. Continue reading
Tom Murray and I spent some time traveling around New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland this past October. Our route took us through Piscataway, NJ where we shot a bunch of Conrail Shared Assets moves; Bethlehem, Harrisburg, Altoona, and Sand Patch, PA; Cumberland, MD and back up through Piscataway and the Chemical Coast.
We shot a lot of interesting power and had some great weather (Hurricane Sandy hit right after we made it home). All in all, it was a good week to be trackside. Click the photo above or here to view the full gallery.
Back in October I had the pleasure of taking part in a night photo shoot at the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum. The event involved 12 “scenes” that were posed and lit for a photo-line of about 15 photographers. As I’d never done any low (no) light photography before it was an interesting experience. I’m pretty happy with how well my photo’s turned out and am looking forward to spending some time trackside this winter using the techniques I learned. The full gallery can be viewed on my PBase site.